Hi There Fellow Fisherman, Captain Andy here with this week's Fishing Report
The weather has changed for the better and the fishing is heating up out on the Saginaw Bay. Anglers are still catching fish on stick baits but the crawler bite has taken off as well in 8 to 12 feet of water straight out of Linwood. I’ve also heard that there are fish being taken in the river and folks are jigging around the island at the mouth of the Saginaw River.
Steelhead fishing has remained steady in the AuSable and the East Branch of the AuGres with all of the rain that we had. Most fish are on the beds and you can tease them with flies but don’t be afraid to drift a fresh spawn bag through the deep holes early in the morning, it just might pay off.
With the warm weather the carp and the gar pike are starting to move into the shallows so shine up your bow fishing gear because now is the time and it sure is a lot of fun. If you’ve never tried it, stop in and let the crew in the archery department set you up right.
Inland lake bluegill and crappie fishing is turning on all over so if that’s what you like to do, don’t hesitate to get to your favorite spot because it doesn’t usually last too long. Make sure you stop in and take advantage of all the great spring deals and rebates on Berkley, Abu Garcia, and Fenwick fishing products because they won’t be around for long.
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From Captain Andy and the crew at Frank’s, Good Luck And Good Fishing!
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Captain Dan's Fishing Report
Well, what an ice season we had. I've never seen conditions like this in my lifetime. We've had 2 major thaws and freezes during this winter that (for the most part) kept ice conditions safe on the bay and river, but also created more rough and thin ice traps then I've ever seen before. How we avoided any life lost this season is both amazing and a tribute to our Coast Guard. I swear, one day I thought I was in the middle of an LZ in Vietnam with all the helicopters flying back and forth over my house plucking people off the Bay. We fished one day last week in -4 degree weather on 16 inches of ice, and were only 1/4 mile from open water. I feel a lot of what was going on (in part) had to do with all the water we lost this past year from the Great Lakes. This coming spring and summer may be a tough proposition launching your big boats at many of the River and Bay-side marinas. I do know that Linwood Beach has had the foresight to get ahead of this low water game and is continuing to improve their ramps and dredge their marina and channel even now. And that a few of the State launches have been appropriated the money to dredge this spring. But some of the other smaller public and private launches on the river and along the bay might be forced out of business by the low water. Do yourselves a favor starting this spring and call ahead for launching conditions and information to any destinations before spending the time and money. As far as actual fish catching reports, things have been a little slow for walleye lately. The perch on the other hand have seemed to have kept many ice fishermen chasing them this winter. Good fishing still can be found in waters 5 to 7 feet off many of the usual destinations. Give the bait shops a call for recent ice and fishing info. And always stay safe, fish smart and tight lines. Capt. Dan.
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Ed Clements Fishing Report
Heat Wave Drives Walleye to Deeper Waters
The warmest summer on record is sending walleyes to deeper and cooler waters. Although walleye action was hot straight out of Linwood in 17 foot of water prior to the 4th of July; action has now moved 10-12 miles offshore to the areas referred to as the "47s" or "Buoys 1 and 2". Fishing east of the shipping channel had been good early in the week but when the surface temperatures surpassed 80 degrees the fish moved 4-5 miles out to the end of the shipping channel. Some nice catches of 20 inch walleye are coming everyday in waters 25 feet deep near the end of the shipping channel. Surface water temperatures are in the high 70s and the fish are holding near bottom. Look for surface water temperatures less than 80 degrees, wind and currents are moving the water around quite a bit; if it continues to stay warm the fish will move north even faster. Best action has come using crawler harnesses on 2 ounce bottom bouncers, or 1 ounce in-lines 35 feet behind a Church Tackle Walleye Board or 2 oz in-lines 30 feet behind the board. Best colors have been combinations of chartreuse and purple.
Fishing out of Augres and Tawas in cooler waters is getting better by the day as fish are moving north. Head north out of Augres to the Charity Islands or North of Big Charity and fish in waters 30 feet or deeper. Fishing off Tawas Point in waters 50-60 feet deep has also started to heat up.
Good luck and good fishing.
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